Why Cannabis Grinders Are a Wise Investment
Cannabis burns more smoothly if it is ground, meaning the flame (smoking) and hot air (vaping) can pass freely and evenly through it. As well, this helps in preventing stems and leaf matter – which alter the taste and provide almost no plant resin – from scorching. That makes weed grinders a must for smokers and vapers.
Good solid metal grinders are hard to match by their heft and feel. A lot of fans of the culture like the feeling of cold aluminum or steel against their hands as they grind their herb. Starting at $20, grinders are made in various types and sizes for all budgets and preferences.
Hand grinders come with tiny teeth or pegs intended for grinding the herb while both pieces – or both top pieces for three or four-piece models – of the grinder are twisted in reverse directions. About the only issue with a circular grinder is that they tend to clog or become sticky with use.
The more herb passes through a grinder — especially flower, which is highly resinous — the faster it becomes resistant to twisting. Typically, grinders start to squeak when compacted cannabis impedes the action of the two grinding plates. Then again, most grinders are very easy to clean and can become squeak-free again.
Some grinders are made with teeth that are sharpened, beveled or curved, purportedly to make cannabis cutting smoother and more accurate, and simply to make operation easier. Plenty of manufacturers claim that these grinding tooth designs control clogging and sticking, unlike standard pegs, which even sometimes promotes the wrapping of plant matter around them.
When it comes to superior quality grinders made specifically for cannabis, the question is usually whether to kief or not to kief. Kief is generally composed of around 30 to 60 percent THC, which means it can be a powerful addition to a joint or bowl of ground cannabis. It can be smoked alone as well for fast relief, potency, and flavor.
There are several types of hand grinders today which are manually operated, single-chamber grinders being the cheapest and most straightforward. These grinders come in puck-like forms in a range of sizes, from around 1.5-2 two inches in diameter up to nearly four inches for big models.
Plenty of three-chamber and four-chamber grinders have a special, extremely fine screen that can capture the trichomes of the bud as most plant matter is kept at bay. This kief can be stored in a spare chamber inside the grinder. With more expensive kiefing grinders of this kind, users are able to capture dry kief, or trichomes and trichome heads, which may be later vaped or smoked, or used in creating small quantities of rosin.